Tag Archive: Makeup


I had the wonderful honor of doing the makeup of Katie Schmid and her bridal party at the home of her mother, Claire. I did her sister Mary’s makeup for her wedding, and we did it the same way, at her mother’s home, friends coming and going, listening to music, and relaxing.
The wedding was at 6pm, so we got an early start to make sure the party could leave for photos by 2:30pm. Amazing hairstylist Sarah Walker-Brittain of the Bee’s Knees Hair Studio in Fort Worth was booked for the entire day, and did everyone’s hair based on their taste. Makeup was also done based on the individual’s style. The styles ran the gamut, there were the “I NEVER wear makeup” variety, and The “I LOVE makeup and wear a TON” types as well.

I pride myself in doing exactly what the client wants. I don’t want to freak anyone out, or make them feel uncomfortable asking to change something. I really don’t get offended if it’s not what you envisioned, and you would like me to change it. I ultimately want you to feel beautiful, and not at all self concious.

Mary, for instance(First photos in the gallery) loves a dark dramatic eye. False lashes, lots of blush. She wants to look like she’s wearing makeup.

The Bride’s sister in law, on the other hand, (Second person) wears no makeup on a regular basis, so I just accentuated her beautiful features, and evened out her skin.

The photos of Katie(she’s the last one) show her without false lashes, and with. Most of the girls opted for lashes, and I provide those. I just wanted to show what a difference they make.

The gallery below is an example of a well planned and executed relaxing wedding day preparation. Congratulations Katie Schmid-Coffee!!

Kathy And Karen

I did makeup for Kathy Martinez-Babaa’s wedding today at Robson Ranch just North of Denton. Kathy’s mom was apprehensive about having her makeup done, because she “never wears makeup”. I reassured her and gave her a look that I feel looks modern, simple, enhanced and youthful.
Kathy is a makeup LOVER. She was totally cool with color, and I think her look is stylish, modern, but a little fun. I paid purples, plums, and pinks with a pop of gold. Adding a subtle pop of color adds interest, it doesn’t have to be bold, just a sheer wash of a contrasting color.

Congratulations, Kathy, you were a gorgeous bride, and a really sweet person!

Kathy, before

Kathy, after

Kathy's eyes, detail.

Karen, Kathy's mom, before

Karen, after

Amy had her bridal portraits done after her wedding for a few reasons. Before the wedding, things were too hectic to get them done, and the August weather wasn’t very pleasant for outdoor photos, which were her preference.

We met at Shampoo salon in Fort Worth, where Kari Kinney did her hair, and I followed with her makeup. She wanted a similar look to her wedding look, but less theatrical, more timeless than vintage.

Photographer Jill johnson met us at Shampoo, and discussed Amy’s vision for her photos and they went on location (LOVE the shiny red garage door!) and then back to Jill’s studio for variety.

I think the photos came out great. I love working with all the stylists at Shampoo, and with Jill. It was a fun day, we were relaxed, and I think Amy enjoyed it as well, and she got some great shots to remember this special time. I think she looks lovely, and like she is enjoying herself in the photos!

I love Halloween!

You don’t have to be ghoulish to be in the Halloween spirit, just load up on the eyeliner, glitter, false eyelashes, wig, if you have one, or rat your hair, don a black witch hat and a little black dress and be a fabulous witch!

If you wear a wig, PLEASE wear a wig cap underneath, and wear lashes and plenty of makeup. You need balance when donning a wig, your face has to compete with all that big hair!

Have a Happy Halloween!! Put on some makeup!!

My look for Halloween is Purple Medusa:

On Eyes: Santorini single eyeshadow by NARS, applied both wet and dry over Stila powder pot in Purple Pumps, Night Breed single eyeshadow by NARS, Himalayas single eyeshadow by NARS, Longwearing gel eyeliner by Bobbi Brown, Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter eyeliner in Baked, False lashes by Ardell, Carbon Black Voluminous mascara by L’Oreal

Cheeks: Sin and Orgasm blushes by NARS

On Lips: NARS lip lacquer in Chica Boom looks black, but goes on grape. SUPER shiny and long wearing.

Face: Shu Uemura Pro Concealer, and Jane Iredale “Beyond Matte” HD mineral powder in translucent

I had the honor of doing Halie’s makeup for her wedding in York Harbor, Maine. She wore a tea length dress, a vintage styled hairpiece, and wanted makeup to reflect the feel of her wedding as well as her attire. It was a classic Americana event.

I think she looks straight out of Mad Men. She touched up her red lips throughout the evening, but the rest of her makeup was fresh and simple. Minimal upkeep.

Congratulations, Halie, I love you!!

Diane and Merrit called me to do their makeup for Diane’s son’s(Merritt’s brother’s) wedding in Grapevine.

Neither woman wears much makeup on a regular basis, but wanted to be “freshened up”, and evened out.

These are 2 examples of simple wedding attendee makeup, strong eyeliner on the top lashline only, a little color on the lids, lots of mascara on curled lashes, brows filled in with powder.

NARS PRIMER, a light application of foundation, powder, concealer, blush and bronzer on the face

On lips I used NARS velvet matte pencils with gloss to finish.

I want to thank Merritt for bringing her adorable kids to their appt, Harper had a blast!! HAve a safe trip back to Washington, it was great meeting you!

I hope the wedding was fun, and the rain didn’t put too much of a damper on things. If it did, at least your makeup stayed put!

I just bought 3 new lip glosses at MAC, and I feel like a new woman. Skinnier, Hotter, Younger…..well…at least when I look in the rear view mirror rockin’ out to 80′s music.

If you’ve ever had your makeup done by me, you know I never ever ever use one shade on your lips, it’s always some crazy mix. I love seeing what colors do when you mix em up. Ones you would never think would work, turn out  really kickin’

Baby Sparks, Funtabulous, and Get Rich Quick...by MAC

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Mixing your glosses gets you a wider range of color, and a more interesting and original shade. Get at least 3 shades of gloss, a brown, a purple, and a peachy pink. Mix 2 of them, wear them alone or over a lipstick you’re not too excited about, or mix all 3 together like I did with these 3 gems by MAC.

Got a brown lipstick in a gift with purchase you aren’t too excited about? Add a beige pink shimmery gloss over it (like Baby Sparks, here)

Purple gloss? Too scary? Mix it with a tan or brown, and get a very wearable “face awakening” shade.

Too bright? Tone it down with a neutral shade. You get the drill.

Glossy lips perk up your face, and make your sunglasses look better.

Silly, I know, but try on your sunglasses without gloss and look in the rear view mirror….bleh, right?

Now get all glossed up, put on those Ray Ban Aviators, and you will feel like a rock star even if your kid just threw up goldfish and cotton candy in the back seat, mama.

Amanda Before

Amanda after
  1. Be honest

Have a run through a few weeks before the wedding, and tell the artist EXACTLY what you like, don’t like, and if they apply it in a way you don’t like, be specific as you can about what you would like changed. Don’t worry about hurting feelings. There’s no room for ego when you’re a makeup artist, I consider myself providing a service to you. If someone asks me to “do whatever you want, you’re the expert” I may not make them feel confident on their wedding day.

2. Get groomed

Have a facial a week before, get brows threaded or waxed by someone you TRUST, I have a list of people I trust to groom my brows, and they don’t include the back room of a nail salon. Don’t go to someone for the first time just prior to your wedding. Amanda’s brows are really beautifully groomed(photo) I filled them in slightly, but the shape fits her face.

3.Trust your makeup artist!!

If you have been specific about what you want, and don’t like what they’ve done at the run through, give them the opportunity to change it. This is not  the time to worry about hurt feelings. A good makeup artist has their client’s satisfaction first on their mind, and shouldn’t take it personally if you need something tweaked.

You would not believe the number of times a client tells me, “I had a bad experience last time I got my makeup done” or”They painted me up like a hooker” or worse,” He/She got mad when I asked them to tone it down”

Your comfort is my #1 priority.

Model Meredith Fowler, Kim Dawson Agency

Closeup from "Cool Summer Hot"

Here are pictures of Amy working her magic before the wedding of Kelly Ketchersids.

Thomas and Kelly Ketchersid

Thomas and Kelly Ketchersid

Kelly ketchersids

Kelly had been crying for a good 10 minutes and none of her makeup moved an INCH.

Kelly Ketchersids

Amy working her magic before the wedding.

Kelly Ketchersid

Kelly says they didn't get many closeups after Amy was done, but she says the makeup looked fantastic!